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Blair Tuke

When and why did you start sailing? 

I started sailing when I was 10 or 11. At the end of Primary school we had a sailing day and I really enjoyed it. I had grown up around the water in Kerikeri so it seemed natural to do a water sport.

 What’s the best part of your sport? 

The thing I really enjoy about sailing is that being on the water, there are no two days exactly the same. You have to adapt and sail the best you can for the conditions.

What’s your most memorable moment and Why? 

Definitely the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Although not the top step like we have been for the last two World Champs, the Olympics is the pinnacle of our sport!

What Volkswagen do you currently drive? 

Amarok 4WD 8 speed Automatic

What’s the best feature/gadget of this car?

So many good things about it... It's off-road capabilities when I'm up north surfing are perfect. The rear tray for putting all my sailing gear/ toys in. In Auckland, the parking sensors/camera make it super easy to park anywhere around town!

What is your dream car?

Day to day, I wouldn't go too far past an Amarok but an Aston Martin would be pretty cool ;)

Who is your sporting idol?

Anyone who pushes the boundaries in their sport. 

What’s your nickname?

Tukey or Taz

What do you do to relax? 

Head home to the Bay of Islands, hang out with family/ friends. Then spend more time on/under the water... Surfing and spearfishing 

If you weren’t a World Class sailor, what would you be doing?

I am an Electrician so I guess that would be the logical thing to be doing but I find it hard to see myself being away from the water for too long! 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Work hard to be the best you can be in anything you do but make sure you have fun along the way.

What is your number 1 goal in the next 12 months?

Everything I do between now and Rio 2016 is about Pete and I standing on the top step of the podium.